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Month: March 2011

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dental Phobia

A recent study conducted in Germany added to a growing body of research that supports the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for dental phobia. This study compared four different groups of patients, grappling with dental phobia, including groups with: 1) CBT treatment; 2) individualized hypnosis, administered by a trained dentist; 3) standard hypnosis, induced by listening to a CD; and 4) general anesthesia. Unlike previous literature on the subject…

Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Anxiety for Terminal Cancer Patients

Patients suffering from terminal cancer are often plagued by anxiety over disease progression, pain, decreased functioning, and death. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) interventions for anxiety are designed to help clients test the reality and functionality of undue worrying. Geer, Park, Prigerson, and Safren (2010) indicate that excessive anxiety may lead to treatment non-adherence, and further diminish quality of life for these patients. The authors propose tailoring CBT to better serve…

The basis for Cognitive Therapy as described by Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

My present notion of cognitive therapy is that it is based on a theory of psychopathology (information processing model), and the techniques that are utilized are those that can help to ameliorate the dysfunctional aspects of the individual’s beliefs, interpretations, and avoidance behaviors, as well as dysfunction in attention and memory. Thus, in a given case, at a given time, the therapist might choose to focus on the beliefs, misinterpretations,…